Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2015/10/30

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Subject: [Leica] Re; El Capitan
From: lrzeitlin at (lrzeitlin at
Date: Fri, 30 Oct 2015 14:44:54 -0400

 It is always difficult to switch from one operating system to another.

I have two laptop computers that I use most frequently. One is a Macbook Pro 
running Snow Leopard, the other a new Macbook Air running the latest version 
of El Capitan. They are entirely different. Snow Leopard is a traditional 
operating system, relatively fast and bomb proof, that lets you access and 
tweak most of the settings. If you are familiar with Unix you can configure 
it to your hearts content. Most of the photo aps I own will run on it. 
Unfortunately few developers now craft software for a half dozen year old 
operating system and you are pretty much restricted to legacy stuff.

Mavericks, also on my machine, seems to be Snow Leopard on steroids. It has 
several mew features and will accept new software but Apple hardly supports 
it anymore.

But then Apple made a philosophical shift in operating system software. 
Yosemite seems to be designed for iPad and iPhone users, not people who 
actually use computers for real stuff. Many features are locked away from 
the users. El Capitan corrects many of Yosemite?s faults but is, in itself, 
a restricted system. Very little of your experience with the older systems 
will transfer. Photo, the photo cataloging ap is inferior to iPhoto on the 
older systems.

If you are buying your first Mac computer you might as well get used to El 
Capitan. It has been updated several times and is now version 10.11.1. It 
works well on MacAirs and, I presume, the new Macbook. If, on the other 
hand, you have a lot of photo software released last year or before, 
including Photoshop and Gimp, don?t upgrade to either Yosemite or El 
Capitan. Wait until version 12 is released. Remember, if you have enough 
memory, Macs will support several operating systems. Just select the one you 
want to use on the Disc Startup option in System Preferences.
But, of course, YMMV.

Larry Z